Now that temperate weather is upon us and each long-awaited weekend is growing warmer and sunnier, we are egg-static to venture to brunch! What better way to enjoy this favorite D-M-V area pastime than outside?
Don your napkin and come hungry and ready to eat your heart out at our favorite upscale, casual and family friendly, modern and sleek, and classic brunches at restaurants with patios, terraces, and delightful outdoor spaces.
Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Menu
It’s true: this highly desired spot, popular for holidays and special occasions, is primarily touted for its locally-sourced delicacies and Michelin Star status. These days, though, we are most excited about an upscale brunch on their lovely outdoor terrace.
Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Menu
Enjoy a delightful, Mediterranean-driven dish selection on this gorgeous enclosed patio, tucked away in bustling Dupont Circle. The patio feels private, with a tangled tree overhang, garden accents, and soft lighting. There are traditional egg dishes, but we also love the seasonal baked sweet choices. Iron Gate prides itself on sourcing the finest local ingredients and also partners with Arcadia Food for sustainable food sourcing and food equity.
Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Menu
An upscale vibe evokes New England class but also creates a welcoming environment for it’s Chesapeake enthusiast diners. Check out seafood centered dishes with a breakfast-brunch twist, and of course, the raw bar options. It’s as close as you can get in D.C. to pretending you’re dining next to a body of water that isn’t the Potomac.
Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Menu
One of Old Town’s buzziest new restaurants, and located within Hotel Indigo, Hummingbird is a superb spot for outside patio dining with stunning river views the whole family will enjoy. Young guests are greeted with mini milk and cookies and adults have an excellent seasonal cocktail menu to sample while watching boats float by. We love the brunch hours, for *early birds*!
Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Menu
This neighborhood staple that just celebrated its fourth birthday has a modern industrial and rustic vibe, and classic American dishes with a bistro twist. It’s been offering a strong brunch menu (with mostly very hearty comfort food) to the neighborhood ever since it opened. Whatever you get, try the fried yuca on the side to share.
Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Menu
Part of the celebrated Clyde’s Restaurant Group, this Ashburn location has us humming about their gorgeous trellised patio. With four main dining areas and bars constructed together, the restaurant is filled with museum-quality art and Americana artifacts–but the delightful patio (also sought-after for event space) takes the cake.
Weekend breakfast hours: Saturday and Sunday 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Menu
This quaint neighborhood spot doubles as a convenient market, with all kinds of wares including baked goods, and also a cafe with a quaint sidewalk dining area with some of the tastiest brunch options and sandwiches around. It’s certainly worth the stop if you’re in the area, or as an excuse for a Chevy Chase outing. The menu changes weekly, and there are decent vegan and vegetarian options.
Brunch hours: Dim Sum Sundays 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Menu
Head to this hot spot to sample boas and dumplings to your heart’s content, a special treat that is Sundays only. The restaurant features indoor, courtyard and rooftop areas for a different type of Dim Sum brunch.
Brunch Hours: Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Sundays coming soon) | Menu
This cute and minimalist spot perched on the fourth floor offers a high river view that is rare for Old Town. The inviting balcony and terrace with a panoramic view is an excellent spot to sip a craft cocktail, specialty coffee and chow on some brunch. We love that it’s open early at 7 a.m. for breakfast during the week, too!
Brunch Hours: Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Menu
For one of the newest patios in the city at The Wharf– and a killer waterfront view– head to brunch at Mi Vida. Their brunch menu is small but packs a delicious punch, and offers an option for family-style dining.
Brunch Hours: Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Menu
This Sunday buffet brunch offers the best of all the classic fare, with a classic seafood flair, to boot. Everyone can enjoy victuals and views in bottomless quantities. Virginia establishments can’t legally serve bottomless drinks, but adults may especially appreciate $1 mimosas at this popular outdoor dining spot with a water view.
Brunch Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Menu
While the space along 23rd street is not the most scenic of vistas, it’s one of our favorite choices for an amazing and tasty bottomless deal outdoors. Classic meets seafood on the menu, and with the purchase of any entree, you can get a bottomless mimosa or bloody mary option for $16.
Brunch Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Menu
For an upscale “speakeasy” vibe, check in on Beauchert’s intimate patio. Normally a go-to spot for whiskey aficionados, their quaint brick patio is a hidden gem. There is a $20 option for bottomless, fresh-squeezed orange or grapefruit mimosas, and for most of the food dish prices, this is comparably priced to other bottomless beverage brunch spots.
Photo credits (in order of appearance): Adobe Stock Photos (main photo), Blue Duck Tavern courtesy of Brightest Young Things, Iron Gate courtesy of Iron Gate’s Facebook, Salt Line courtesy of Hospitality Construction Services, Hummingbird courtesy of Hummingbird, Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen courtesy of Popville, Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm courtesy of Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm via WeddingSpot, Little Red Fox courtesy of Polygraph Creative, Maketto courtesy of Maketto, Cafe 44 courtesy of Cafe 44, Mi Vida courtesy of Rey Lopez/Eater DC, Blackwall Hitch courtesy of Blackwall Hitch’s Facebook, District Commons courtesy of Zagat, Beuchert’s Saloon courtesy of Beauchert’s Instagram.
If you can’t tell, we love brunching outside–and we’ve got our eye on outdoor spaces at recently opened and coming soon area restaurants that we hope will offer brunch service in the near future. Look out for Chloe in Navy Yard, José Andrés’ Fish at National Harbor, daytime outdoor dining at City Winery in Ivy City, and the long-awaited opening of La Vie and its 1,100-square-foot waterfront terrace at The Wharf, to name a few.
Where will you be dining this weekend?